Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
January 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-267-0
Genre: Inspirational/historical suspense

Addie Sullivan is living a quiet life as the lighthouse keeper’s daughter in northern California. She misses her father dearly, and doesn’t understand why her mother doesn’t seem to even like her, but that is explained when a stranger appears on their doorstep during a storm, claiming that Addie is in reality Julia Eaton, an heiress who has been presumed dead. He promises to reunite her with her family.

So, Addie agrees to go with him and secures a position as her nephew’s nanny until they decide to unveil her true identity. But then she discovers that someone wants her dead. Sinister shadows stalk Addie, even as she develops feelings for her nephew’s father, John.

Nothing in her new world is at it seems and it appears that someone has gone to great lengths to keep Addie’s survival secret. Now, Addie doesn’t know who she can trust, who she can turn to, or who to stay far away from. To turn toward love means to risk her life. But to run away could mean worse.

THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHER is the first historical suspense in the Mercy Falls series by Ms. Coble. It says on one of the pages of the book that Addie Sullivan is an ancestor of Bree Matthews in Ms. Coble’s Rock Harbor series.

Addie is a realistic heroine, and the twists and turns in the book keep the reader guessing as to who the bad “guy” might be. Ms. Coble is a master at crafting characters that the reader will care about, and this is no difference. If you are looking for a historical to read this summer, I recommend THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTER. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 306 pages.

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